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Compliance and Enforcement Annual Results FY2008:
Important Environmental Problems/National Priorities:
Mineral Processing

FY2008 Annual Results Topics
Annual Results for
National Enforcement Priorities

Problem: 

Environmental impacts caused by the mineral processing and mining sectors are significant.  The mineral processing sector and mining sectors cumulatively generate larger volumes of wastes that are corrosive and/or contain toxic metals than any other industrial sector.  Over the past decade, EPA has found that many of the facilities that manage these wastes, due either to noncompliance with state or federal environmental requirements or legally permissible waste management practices, have contaminated groundwater, surface water, soil, and sediment.  Addressing mineral processing is one of EPA’s national priority areas for enforcement.

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Key Results:

FY 2007 - 2008 Annual Results
Fiscal Year Estimated Hazardous Waste Treated, Minimized or Properly Disposed
(lbs)*
Estimated Investments in Pollution Control
($)**
Civil Penalties
($) ***
FY 2007 Not Calculated $60 million $88,000
FY 2008 1,751 million $217 million $0

*Estimated Hazardous Waste Treated, Minimized or Properly Disposed is an estimate of the pounds of pollutants reduced, treated, or eliminated during the first year after a facility returns to compliance.
** Estimated Investments in Pollution Control is an estimate of the defendant’s cost to comply with consent decrees through the installation of appropriate pollutant controls.  The value for FY 2007 is adjusted for inflation using the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics calculator.
*** Civil Penalties are penalties assessed, not collected.  The value for FY 2007 is also adjusted for inflation.

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